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No. 52 Wednesday 16 February 2000

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm .

1. Time for Reflection: Judith O'Neill led Time for Reflection.

2. Motion without Notice: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved without notice that motion S1M-552 be taken at this meeting of the Parliament.

The motion was agreed to.

3. Suspension of Standing Orders: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-552—That the Parliament agrees to suspend Rule 8.6.1, Rule 10.7.1 and Rule 11.4.1 of the Standing Orders for the period of the debate on the draft Census (Scotland) Order 2000 on 16 February 2000 .

The motion was agreed to.

4. Motion without Notice: Tricia Marwick moved without notice that motion S1M-554 be taken at this meeting of the Parliament.

The motion was agreed to.

5. Draft Census (Scotland) Order 2000: The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice moved S1M-459—That the Parliament approves the draft Census (Scotland) Order 2000 to the extent that it relates to the following particulars in schedule 2—

(a) in item 1, the words “indicating whether an individual form is being completed by that member”;

(b) in item 2, the words “and relationship to the first person mentioned in the return, and, as the case may be, where there are 5 or less persons in the household, the relationship of each of the previous persons mentioned in the return and where there are 6 or more persons in the household, the relationship of the sixth and subsequent persons to the two previously mentioned persons in the return”;

(c) in item 6, the words “and if married whether first or subsequent subsisting marriage”;

(d) items 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17;

(e) in item 18, the words “or was on a Government sponsored training scheme”;

(f) items 19, 27, 28, 29, 31, 32;

and items 1, 2 and 3 of schedule 3 to the draft Order.

Irene McGugan moved S1M-554—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Census (Scotland) Order 2000, except to the extent that it is subject to approval by resolution of the Parliament, be not submitted to Her Majesty in Council, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to lay a revised draft Order which will include, within particulars to be stated in returns, in respect of any person, whether or not able to (a) understand, (b) speak, (c) read and (d) write Scots (including any local Scots speech form such as Buchan, Glasgow or Shetland dialects).

After debate, motion S1M-554 was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 31, Against 75, Abstentions 1).

Tommy Sheridan moved amendment S1M-459.1 to motion S1M-459—

Insert at end—

“but calls upon the Scottish Executive to amend the draft Order to include an item on income bands.”

After debate, amendment S1M-459.1 was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 33, Against 75, Abstentions 2).

Motion S1M-459 was then agreed to (DT).

6. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on item 5 as noted above.

7. Sign Language: The Parliament debated S1M-529 in the name of Dr Winnie Ewing—That the Parliament notes that the British Sign Language is used as an essential communication tool by a substantial number of people in Scotland and has a strong historic tradition; recognises the pressure on interpreters who are in constant demand particularly in rural areas; notes that the British Deaf Association is seeking review of the recognition, rights and support applied to the language; expresses the hope that the Scottish Executive will assist the process by taking actions to implement the European Parliament's recognition of Sign Language as an official language in each of the member states, and recognises the importance and necessity of British Sign Language by integrating signing into the plenary sessions of the Parliament.

The meeting closed at 5.45 pm.

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